Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Performance and Health Education


Health, Physical Education & Recreation

First Advisor

Dr. Mary L. Dawson

Second Advisor

Dr. Roger Zabik

Third Advisor

Dr. Yuanlong Liu

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Craig D. Hayward

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The problem of the study was to determine the relationship between maturational age and performance on the Presidential Fitness Test. Seventy three subjects, boys and girls ranging in age from 8 to 12 years were involved in the study. It was the intent of the researcher to determine the relationship between maturational age and performance on The Presidential Fitness Test. The Roche, Wainer and Thissen (RWT) (Roche, Wainer, & Thissen, 1975) method of maturation was used to establish maturational age for all the subjects. The researcher used data that waere previously collected by Spring Arbor College for this current research. The Pearson product moment correlation was used to determine relationship between the variables. This correlation helps the researcher determine how strong a correlation exists between percent of maturation and level achieved in performing the sit-up, pull-up, shuttle run, mile run, and V-sit.

The findings showed no correlation between the Presidential Fitness Test and percent of maturation. One reason the research may not have seen the results expected is that body fat was not considered in the maturation formula. Another reason could be due to age of both boys and girls in the research.